Feature Article Reviews

The Big C and Me

Jill Baker’s article, ‘The Big C and Me’, written in first-person form in order to fully connect with its audience, is an incredibly powerful piece of writing that was just gut-wrenching to read. Having written the article in first person form, Baker is really able to elicit an emotional response from her audience, but yet not one that is crying for sympathy. Not once in the article does Baker come across as if she is asking for everyone to feel sorry for her, it is simply an article about her struggles and her incredible survival of such a tragic disease.

I think Baker gives the audience an incredible eye-opener into what it is like to live with and battle against cancer. Unless you have personally experienced the struggles and ailment that cancer is, you simply cannot possibly begin to understand what it is like. However, the way Baker writes allows one to almost empathise and understand, even a tiny little bit, what it must be like to live under such circumstances.

What really made this article so raw was how she just wrote each thought as she had the, whatever was in her mind at the time, she wrote down. You would think that not writing in chronological order would make the piece messy and hard to follow, but it doesn’t, it gives it an extra sort of feeling of authenticity. This is what she was feeling right at that very moment, this is how she wants her story to be told.


Mothers Courage: Rosie Batty’s life after Luke

Fiona Harari’s Mother Courage: Rosie Batty’s life after Luke is an emotionally driven piece of writing. It deals with and delves deep into Rosie Batty’s life, one year after the inhumane actions of her former partner, the murder of their son, Luke. It is clear that Harari has made use of quite emotive language in order to display the utter courage Rosie has and the emotional rollercoaster of which her life has been since the death of Luke.

In order for the audience to understand Rosie and how she has got to be the person she is today, Harari has completed a massive amount of research into Rosie’s past which helps to frame the life she lived and the type of person she was before the tragic incident. The article includes details about the tragic loss of her mother at such a young age and the distant relationship with her father that set in motion her fear of people constantly leaving her, and her reasoning behind not wanting to start a family, but why her son was also such a blessing.

The article is also written in a way that gives the audience a feeling of being uplifted as it progresses to show how Rosie went from being a single mother who struggled to keep a job for a long period of time, to a mother who traumatically lost her child, to the now motivational and influential woman she is now, being a voice for those whom have experienced domestic violence.


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